Where to buy cat-and-dog-themed gifts in Vancouver this Christmas—and donate to a good cause!

You know how it is—you need a last-minute gift for your co-worker, spouse or sister-in-law. Or maybe there’s just a dyed-in-the-wool pet-lover on your list and you’d like to get them something more special than artisanal scented candles.

Have no fear, true believers—Inside Vancouver has the cat-and-dog-themed Christmas gift guide for you!

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Where to buy cat-and-dog-themed gifts in Vancouver this Christmas—and donate to a good cause!

It’s a feline revolution: where to get your fill of cats in Vancouver this week

Art for Clowder, a show at the James Black Gallery this week.

As you may (or may not) know, Vancouver’s first Meowfest is coming up this Sunday, July 29.

But you can celebrate what is turning into The Week of the Cat today by checking out a new  exhibit, Clowder (“a cluster of cats”), on now at the James Black Gallery, 114 E. 6th Ave.

The free art show, which runs until July 29 (from 12-5 p.m., with an opening reception July 26 from 7-10 p.m.), is aimed at bringing awareness to cat issues and raise money for CARES, a local cat shelter.

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It’s a feline revolution: where to get your fill of cats in Vancouver this week

Celebrity cats—yes, you read that right—heading to Vancouver for Meowfest

Meowfest is a celebration for cat lovers . This festival is the first of its kind to come to Canada’s West Coast, and it’s happening July 29, 2018 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews). The day will include celebrity cats, food trucks, speakers, entertainment, shopping, adoptable felines and more. Tickets go on sale in January. Below, find out more about some of the guests coming to Moewfest Vancouver 2018.

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Celebrity cats—yes, you read that right—heading to Vancouver for Meowfest

It’s a Kitty Cat Picnic at First Caturday in Queen Elizabeth Park

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Image courtesy of First Caturday | Facebook.com

It’s no secret that Vancouver loves cats (I mean, we have our own Cat Cafe!), so it should come as no surprise that we also have an outdoor cat meetup the first Saturday of each month in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Known as First Caturday, the event was created as “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends. It’s a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing.” It’s the purr-fect event for cat lovers and those with cats that want to spend a little time lounging around outside with friends.

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It’s a Kitty Cat Picnic at First Caturday in Queen Elizabeth Park

‘Cat stuck in a vase’ and other cinematic classics at Just for Cats Festival 2016

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Just some of the cat action at this year’s fest.

“You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can’t do is stop watching them. Yes, we’re talking about Internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both.” —Los Angeles Times

Since 2012, the Walker Arts Center has been compiling its Internet Cat Video reel. While not on the scale of the Manhattan Project, it is an 80-minute compilation of cat hilarity in videos ranging from six-second Vine videos to short films and everything in between.

For the second year in a row, Vancity Theatre, in conjunction with the BC SPCA, is bringing the Just for Cats Festival to Vancouver on June 26.

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‘Cat stuck in a vase’ and other cinematic classics at Just for Cats Festival 2016

Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

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In what has to be the best news of the season for cat-lovers, the city’s first cat café will officially open Dec. 14.

According to the latest Facebook update, Catfé has its business license and will serve its first customers next Monday at its location at 88 West Pender St., on the second floor of International Village.

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Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

Vancouver’s first cat cafe comes one step closer to reality!

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Cat cafés have become increasingly popular all over the world. And, as reported on this blog last year, Vancouver will soon have its own.

According to Michelle Furbacher, the woman who has been leading the charge in turning this idea into reality, she recently received a building permit for a location in International Village Mall (88 W. Pender St.). On the catfe.ca blog, she writes that she expects the new business to open sometime in October.

So what, exactly, is a cat café?

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Vancouver’s first cat cafe comes one step closer to reality!